National Day of Service Going Strong, 4 years later

6:30 PM, Jan 19, 2013   |    comments
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WUSA9 Employees (Left to Right) Khalim Piankhi, Lesli Foster, Debra Alfarone, Elizabeth Jia, Aurora Nelson and Ko Im

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- President Obama started the National Day of Service in 2009 ahead of his first inauguration. This year, the day is still going strong.

The day is meant to honor Martin Luther King, Jr.

The largest project on this day is sponsored by Points of Light, Americorps, Operation Gratitude, Target and others. The huge event was held at the D.C. Armory.

Thousands who came out Saturday will brighten the day for our military here and abroad.

Navy Commander Rodney Blevins of Herndon is paying it forward, and setting a good example for his son along the way.

"It's all about service, giving back and what better way to do that than to bring my son out and see how it's done," Blevins said.

Ten thousand volunteers are expected to pack 100,000 care kits of toiletries. The kits will be supplemented with food, letters and gifts.

Ebony Boney with Americorps says, "this is awesome. It speaks to the American spirit to have everyone come out to make 100,000 kits."

There were helping hands from all types of volunteers filling care kits from families, to the high profiled including Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Vice President Joe Biden.

Army Cadet Casey Gary is hoping to brighten another soldier's day by the letter she wrote.

"I hope this letter finds you well and you smile as much as I did in writing it, thinking of you."

It's a letter, the likes of which, she may one day receive herself.

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